Want to win a hunting trip for a pronghorn or a ram? Or how about a scholarship to the American Wilderness Leadership School in Wyoming? These are some of the prizes available to Oklahoma students ages 11-17 and to Oklahoma educators in two different creative writing contests sponsored by Oklahoma Station Chapter-Safari Club International and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Entries are due by Nov. 13, so the time to start writing is now!
2017 STUDENT CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION
This contest is divided into two categories: ages 11-14 and ages 15-17. Each category will have a boy and a girl winner. Students must be enrolled in school or homeschooled, and must have completed the Oklahoma Hunter Education course by Nov. 13.
An essay or short story may be submitted. The writer may choose either of two themes: “Hunting: Sharing the Heritage” or “Archery: What I Like About Archery in the Schools and Bowhunting.” Each entry must be submitted with an entry form.
In the ages 11-14 category, one boy and one girl will get a hunting trip at the Chain Ranch and receive a scholarship to the Outdoor Texas Camp for hunting during summer 2018. Oklahoma Station Chapter-Safari Club International will reimburse the winners travel expenses up to a maximum of $500 per winner.
In the ages 15-17 category, one boy and one girl will go on a guided antelope hunt in the Texas Panhandle in the 2018 hunting season. Oklahoma Station-Safari Club International will reimburse travel expenses up to a maximum of $500 per winner. This trip is subject to change based on Texas hunting rules.
The four statewide winners and their legal guardians will be invited to Oklahoma City to attend an awards ceremony in March 2018. In addition, the top 25 essay entrants will receive a one-year youth membership to Safari Club International. The four state winners’ entries will be printed in the Oklahoma Station Chapter-Safari Club International newsletter “Safari Trails” in December. Printing makes the essays eligible for consideration in the Outdoor Writers Association of America Youth Writing Contest. Essays may also be printed in Outdoor Oklahoma, the official magazine of the Wildlife Department.
For full rules and entry form, go to www.wildlifedepartment.com/education/youth-opp/creative-writing-competition.
2017 CONSERVATION SCHOLARSHIP FOR EDUCATORS
Two educators will be awarded a scholarship to an eight-day conservation education school at Safari Club International’s American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) at Granite Ranch near Jackson, Wyo. The AWLS program covers many aspects of conservation education; for more information go to www.safariclubfoundation.org/education/american-wilderness-school.
Lodging, meals and training materials will be provided by Oklahoma Station Chapter-Safari Club International. Transportation to Wyoming will be covered by the Oklahoma Wildlife Department.
Educators must fill out an entry form and write an essay of 500-1,000 words on “Why Wildlife Conservation is Important.” Other judged criteria include training received in conservation education or environmental education programs, current programs the educator is conducting in the school and community, and past programs. Teachers of state winners in the youth essay contest will receive priority consideration.
For full rules and entry form, go to www.wildlifedepartment.com/education/conservation-education-scholarship
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) with its 350 employees is responsible for managing Oklahoma's fish and wildlife resources and habitat. WHAT WE BELIEVE: The state's fish and wildlife belong to all Oklahomans and should be managed so their populations will be sustained forever. HOW WE ARE FUNDED: ODWC does not receive general state tax appropriations. License sales and federal Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program grant revenues are the main funding sources. Every license dollar spent by sportsmen and women in Oklahoma issued to fund ODWC's user pay/public benefit conservation efforts.